Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Run Time: 104 minutes


On the remote Pacific island of Tanna, covered in rainforest and shadowed by an active volcano, young warrior Dain and maiden Wawa have fallen in love. One day Dain's father is brutally attacked by the Imedin, a neighboring tribe, and now war threatens. To secure lasting peace, the tribal elders promise Wawa as a bride to an Imedin warrior. Dain and Wawa cannot accept this arrangement, even knowing it is the law and the only way to avoid bloodshed. The lovers flee in defiance of tradition, setting off a furious chase and a series of events that endanger everyone. Based on a true story and performed for the cameras by members of the Yakel tribe, TANNA is a cinematic experience of rare beauty. Breathtakingly filmed on location, this powerful story immerses you in a world that is exotic and startling, yet achingly familiar. Here is the eternal story of individual happiness at war with tradition and society, performed as you have never seen it before. (In Nauvhal with subtitles) –C.R.

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Bentley Dean, Martin Butler

Martin Butler studied politics and economics at Oxford University. In 1981 he migrated to Australia and spent the next 25 years producing award-winning documentary reports. In 2009 he teamed up with Bentley Dean. Dean is a writer, award-winning cinematographer, and director. He and his family lived among the tribes featured in this film.

"Contact" (2010), TANNA (2015)

Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Carolyn Johnson

Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, John Collee in collaboration with the people of Yakel

Bentley Dean

Tania Michel Nehme

Principal Cast
Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia, Lingai Kowia, Dadwa Mungau

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